This is a great question. And when you Google it, you get many, many answers. The only way to be certain about the cheapest way to move is to begin getting moving quotes.Then, of course, it's important to research the moving companies you're considering to make sure both price and service are legitimate.
From what I've read, popular opinion is that the all around cheapest way to move is truck rental. It's understandable that people would automatically assume that it costs less since all of the work is left up to the customer.
But, in many cases, U-Pack would prove that theory wrong.
Budget for typical relocation expenses – How to keep relocation costs low
My biggest piece of advice for cutting stress when moving is to create a moving budget and stick to it. If you haven’t moved long distance before, you may not know what relocation expenses to include in your budget. Lucky for you, I am a moving expert. No, really. I am “all moving, all the time.” I can help you figure out your typical relocation expenses so you can stick to your moving budget! Let’s explore some common relocation expenses, followed by ways to keep your moving expenses low.
Typical relocation expenses
Packing supplies. You will want to budget for quality moving b... Read More
If you are moving quickly, I know how you feel. Are you feeling panicked? Overwhelmed? You just got word that you are moving soon. There is so much to do! Where do you start? Don’t worry. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving because of a job, because your lease is up, or because you want a fresh start right away. Sometimes you get little notice of your move and you need to move quickly. And you probably don’t want to spend tons of money on your move either, right? Well, if you are looking for an affordable, fast moving solution, you are in luck! The moving experts at U-Pack have compiled some great tips about the cheapest way to move quickly. Here we go!
First step to cheap, quick moving: Get moving quotes online.
In order to get the ball rolling on your move, you need to get moving quotes. The fastest, easiest way to do... Read More
People set budgets every day for things like groceries, rent, entertainment, and shopping. I even have a budget set for how much I spend on going out to eat! When it comes to moving, why not set a budget for that, too? Whether your cross country move is expected or unexpected, I’ll help you create a budget for it so that you don’t overspend. Let’s take a look at some things you should do to create a reasonable moving budget.
State the facts The cost of your cross country move will depend on the specifics of your move which include how much you’re moving, when you’re moving, and where you’re moving from and to. You’ll need this information in order to get moving quotes from cross country movers, so jot it down and keep it handy.
What is the cheapest way to move furniture to another state? So, you’re moving to a different state and have lots of furniture to move. Of course, you want to move it all affordably, but how do you know the cheapest way to move your king-size bed and Grandma’s china cabinet? There are several things to consider when you’re searching for the cheapest option for moving your stuff.
Weight vs. Space First, many moving companies charge based on the weight of your furniture. This can be a huge problem. Your bathroom scale can’t exactly weigh your dining room table. So how can you estimate your cost? Unless you’ve moved before, and are moving the same size home again, it’s very difficult. So, I suggest choosing a moving option that charges by space, not weight. You can easily measure t... Read More
Moving and cheap are two words that normally don’t go together. Moving is a big process, and it often comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are some affordable options available if you know where to look. In order to get the cheapest options for moving, you have to consider your move date, the amount of space you use, and your method of moving. Let’s take a closer look.
Getting the Cheapest Moving Option – Choosing the Right Move Date
Moving is a lot like traveling. There are peak days where rates are higher. The first step in getting the cheapest options for moving is choosing the right move date. Now, I understand that sometimes your move date is firm. But, if you are a little flexible you can really save big. To get the biggest savings on your m... Read More
It's Flashback Friday! Each week U-Pack revisits a post that has been helpful (or fun) for our readers. Today's Flashback is helpful. It's all about finding the cheapest way to move across the country. If you're moving on a budget, I think you'll find it a very helpful read!
You know the saying "you can't have your cake and eat it, too"? That's what many think when it comes to moving— if it's easy, it must cost a fortune; or if it's a good deal, then there must be a catch. But U-Pack isn't your typical moving company. In most cases U-Pack is the cheapest way to move cross country and it's a simple moving solution!
Moving Cross Country Cheap If you look at moving forums like movingscam.com, or consumer review sites l... Read More
If you’re searching for a way to get your finances under control and you took the plunge and got the iPhone 5, there are some budget apps you’ll definitely want to check into. My advice is to try out the “lite” version first (if a free option is available), then make the purchase after you’ve decided on the one(s) that fit your lifestyle best. John Maxwell says, “A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” Using a budget app on your iPhone could be a great place to start getting control.
AceBudget 2 This is my personal favorite and the budgeting app my husband and I use. A lite version is available, but the full version is on sale for 50% off ri... Read More
A wise man once said “Never spend your money before you have it.” That advice is very valuable, especially when you’re planning for a move. It’s also wise to figure out how much to save before a move. But how do you know how much money you need to save? Let’s outline some costs.
The cost of the move. The cost of you move will vary on which type of service you use, where you are moving to and from, and how much you are moving. Of course, it costs more to move several states away than it does to move down the street. And similarly, it will cost more to move a four-bedroom home than a tiny apartment. So how can you figure your moving cost? You have to decide which moving option you will use.
I wish there was a simple answer to that question. Though it leans toward being as complicated the age-old “What is the meaning of life?” question. But here’s what I can tell you (with confidence): the best place to start is by getting moving quotes. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? Before you can figure out which service is most affordable, you’ll need to have prices to compare. Just make sure to start early; I recommend at least 30-60 days in advance. That gives you plenty of time to research, weigh the pros and cons of each mover and make sure you’re getting all of the services you need (while still staying within your budget).
When you start getting moving quotes, you’ll find there are several options available to choose from – some cheap, some not-so-cheap. Today I&rsq... Read More
What is the cheapest way to move a small amount of furniture?
Well, just ask some friends that question and some will tell you NOT to even move it, but sell it and buy new stuff at your new home. Are you kidding me? I’ve grown quite fond of my furniture. I actually like the small stain on our couch. It reminds me of the Super Bowl party we had where a friend spilled her salsa on my cushion. And I would NEVER get rid of my antique dining room table. I’m too emotionally attached to it. If you’re like me, you’ll actually want to MOVE that furniture to your new home, even if it’s just a few pieces. But how do you do that affordably?
Rental trucks. If you only have a small amount of furniture to move, you most likely won’t be abl... Read More
Even with all of this information, you might still question which company offers the best moving discounts (and who can blame you). If you haven’t already gotten a free moving quote from U-Pack, now’s a great time (it’s quick, and there’s no-obligation). Just enter your move information, and you’ll get a quote instantly.
It’s Flashback Friday! Each week we revisit a blog topic that our readers find helpful. Today’s flashback: Cheap Moving Tips. Who doesn’t want to save money on their move? For most customers, an affordable price is the priority. Check ways to make this move your cheapest yet. Happy Friday!
If you’re searching for a cheap way to move long distance, U-Pack Moving is a great solution! In fact, in a post-move survey, 78% of our customers said they chose U-Pack because of the price. Get a free moving quote today and you’ll see that the prices compare to truck rental – but you don’t have to drive! AND with U-Pack there’s no additional charge for fuel, sales tax OR the driver.
There’s no better time to save a dime! Since the economy has every savvy shopper in an ultra-frugal mindset, discounts and coupons are truly considered a godsend. And you can find them everywhere—the Sunday paper, your mailbox, your email inbox and quite possibly the most prevalent place—online on coupon websites. Much to the penny-pincher’s delight, coupon websites have popped up everywhere. It’s the new craze, and folks all over the country are stocking up on all kinds of products and saving tons of money while they’re at it. In fact, some stores have even come up with new couponing policies thanks to a “backlash” from “Extreme Couponing”. Here’s one such story on MSN Money.
I think that means people love coupons. And if you’re moving... Read More
It's Flashback Friday! Each week, U-Pack revisits a blog topic that has been helpful to our readers. Today's flashback— "Affordable Moving Alternatives". Who isn't looking for a low-cost move these days? U-Pack is a great way to save money without having to drive a large moving truck cross-country!
Moving on a budget? It's often hard to manage a budget and find creative ways to make the funds you've allocated stretch as far as possible. If you're looking for an affordable moving alternative, U-Pack Moving is a sure way to stay on track and within budget. U-Pack offers affordable prices and flexible options while maintaining an excellent reputation in the industry.
U-Pack gives the cost conscious mover a... Read More
5 Tips on Moving for Less Let's face it: the past few years have not been so great for the economy. Due to higher unemployment rates and rising costs, lots of families have grown used to scrimping and saving in order to stretch their dollars. (The one bright spot? Shows like "Design on a Dime" and "Extreme Couponing" emerged to help us cope with tighter budgets!) When it comes to cutting back on expenses, trying to plan a cross country relocation is no different; folks still need to get the most bang for their bucks. So here's the good news: moving for less is far from impossible— it just might take a little elbow grease. Here are 5 great tips for moving on a budget:
1. Start planning early. More often than not, last minute plans=last minute expenses. Planning your move in advance will allow you to map out a budget... Read More
Anybody who has ever moved probably knows how expensive the moving process can be. However, there are lots of ways to move and save— unfortunately, they're often overlooked! If you're moving on a budget, try these tactics to conserve cash:
Move Less- One of the easiest ways to move and save is to pare down your belongings. Take advantage of your moving preparations by cleaning out items during packing; separating the everyday essentials from the wow, I don't even remember buying this' things. A good rule of thumb: if it hasn't been used/worn in a year, get rid of it!
Get creative with packing materials- If extra moving blankets aren't in your budget, use materials you already hav... Read More
What Can I Get from Budget Truck Rental Coupons? After many blog posts and discussions, I think it's safe to say we've established that moving isn't always easy. However, we've also discovered that there are lots of ways to make a move simpler and more affordable. You're probably thinking "what's more affordable than a Budget truck rental coupon?" Surprisingly, rental trucks aren't always the easiest way to move when it comes to your sanity or your wallet!
Compare a Budget truck rental discount to what you'll save with U-Pack First things first: a 10% discount doesn't sound half bad. But what about the final, overall, down-to-the-last-penny cost? On top of just the actual rental price, there are probably several expenses you might overlook when considering Budget rental truck coupons. With any rental truck, you'll want to thin... Read More
Can I deduct my moving expenses? The answer is maybe'. I know— if only there were a tax calculation handbook that could give simple yes-or-no answers, there would be much less tension in the world! Luckily, we've gathered a few guidelines to help you calculate your moving expenses.
The first thing you'll need to do is determine whether or not you can actually deduct your moving expenses (no need to spend time on an extra form if your move isn't eligible for any deductions). So who is eligible to deduct their moving expenses? If you moved to a new home because of a new workplace, or if you are a retiree or survivor moving into the United States, you likely qualify to count your moving expenses towards your tax deduction. As always, there are a few requirements to verify that you fall into one of the above categories; namely the Distance Test and... Read More
We often get questions about how U-Pack equipment compares to Budget truck rental equipment. When you're comparing prices and services, it's good to know how the sizes convert so you can make sure you're comparing apples with apples.
To help you get a good picture of what an ABF moving trailer looks like, they're 28 feet in length, 8 feet wide, and 9 feet tall. So they're longer, wider and taller than even the largest Budget rental truck.
The chart below converts Budget truck rental sizes to ABF trailer linear footage.
Keep in mind that with U-Pack, you pay for the space you use in the moving trailer. If ... Read More
Always looking for a deal It seems like everyone is looking for the cheapest moving truck rentals these days. And why wouldn't they? Penny pinching is what's "cool" right now. I would wager a bet that if you picked up a magazine from a news stand today, you would find a helpful article titled something like: "Ways to save", "Top 10 things you can do to cut back", or "20 painless money-saving tips".
It's the world we're living in - although, there are rumors of things picking back up. People who lost jobs earlier in the year are finding new ones and they're starting to move again. Yippee!
Even if things are getting better, you can't help but want to make sure you're getting the best deal when it comes time to move. Looking for t... Read More
Let's face it, we've all been concerned about money since the economy went south in September. (We're all looking forward to Spring in hopes our 401k and investment accounts migrate back up with the birds!) At U-Pack, we get calls daily from folks who are moving because of a company change such as downsizing, consolidation or sadly, a closure.
We're proud to offer a service that's free from worries about hidden fees or extra costs. If you're on a moving budget– ABF U-Pack Moving is the solution.
Timing is Everything If you've been researching your move, you've probably found that the moving industry runs on a system of "peak" and "off-peak" days, similar to the airline industry. That just means that some days are more expensive than others. If you've got some flexibility, choose an off-peak moving day to save a little money.
Best time of year to move… If you're not set on a summer move – consider choosing fall or winter. Since not as many people move this time of year, the moving industry is a litter slower, resulting in more competitive prices. Get a moving quote and compare.
Moving around the holidays… If you can avoid it, try not to move around a holiday. People often try ... Read More
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If you are like me, you live paycheck to paycheck and want to save money any way you can. In my experience it usually involves a little "Sweat Equity" but I am always willing to put in a little hard work to save the moolah! If you share my money-saving philosophy, there is a moving option that will be right up your alley. A U-Pack Terminal to Terminal move! Terminal to Terminal moves offer you the best moving service for the lowest price. You still get to load your things close to your home, and you don't have to worry about them until they reach the destination.